Robert Siegel talks with Geoffrey Fowler, a reporter with the Wall Street Journal, about popular ridesharing and taxi apps like Uber and SideCar. They've begun to run afoul of state and local regulators as they've grown into a convenient alternative to hailing a cab the old-fashioned way.
As retailers work to stay afloat during the slow economic recovery, employers are cutting costs by streamlining staff schedules — increasingly relying on part-time workers, who can cover flexible shifts on short notice. But the unpredictable hours, modest wages and lack of benefits take a toll.
A law degree used to pretty much guarantee a stable job. But journalist Elizabeth Lesly Stevens reports that thousands of law students are going into an industry that no longer has room for them. Stevens discusses her article with host Michel Martin, and they hear from NPR Facebook fans about whether a law degree is still worth it.
A week without power and sales can be a crushing blow to a small business. Two bakers in Brooklyn, New York, are trying to recover from Superstorm Sandy. Not only have they lost baked goods, they don't have electricity to bake more.
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